Review of the latest episode of Sky's Sinbad, including discussion of characterisation and male toplessness.
The latest News Surfing round-up on The Digital Fix, including new stuff from Misfits and Red Dwarf, and the discovery of a bright orange picket line.
As Twitter followers may know, I am currently on holiday in Austria. However, we are currently having an internet break, so I am going to try and honour my blogging commitment by posting about writing. (It is currently Monday rather than Tuesday, and I`m sorry if this confuses anyone. I decided the wrong day is better than nothing.)
It may not be as long as usual, I can only apologise, but it is going to tackle a writing impulse I get whenever I go away: the urge to try and be a travel writer.
Hello. Am going on holiday in a few hours, but nonetheless, there’s still time to produce some kind of Friday story. In fact, this is the one I was trying to put out last week, before I got hit by mass distraction.
Vaguely inspired by a conversation I was having with Laura on Twitter about zombie animals, here is… a quite short story about zombie animals and the implications of same.
Once I’ve completed a piece of writing, there are a few steps I take before showing it to anyone else or slap it up online. Some involve factchecking, rephrasing and reading stuff aloud, but by far the most inevitable and aggravating is hacking “actually” and its tedious ilk outta there.
Equivocators, qualifiers, half-arsed fence-sitting non-words that do nothing except sound clunky and damage the meaning of whatever you were trying to say.
Comic-Con news update on The Digital Fix. Which long-running TV show threatens to make a movie? Which terrible movie is getting an unofficial sequel on Doctor Who? My relationship with Showtime's PR strategy takes an increasingly bitter turn. And, yes, more!
News Surfing column continues on The Digital Fix with some overly aggressive updates. HBO vs Presidency! Brooker vs World! New Girl vs UK! More!
You thought my review of Genus was tardy? Well, I’ve topped that: this Untimely Book Review covers The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, which has a battered sticker on the cover pledging allegiance to Richard & Judy’s Book Club 2005!
But I remember when this damn book was everywhere, so I’m hoping a few of you have read it. Let’s talk!
Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom starts on Sky Atlantic tonight, and I preach unto you about it on The Digital Fix.
Does this count as another stab at science-fiction? Not sure. The concepts are certainly in there. It’s something, none the less.
Latest TV news round-up on The Digital Fix, including HBO renewals and advertising mascot (possible) fatalities.
I’ve had a Kindle for a year, and it’s fast become my primary method of reading. I love the interface, the convenience, the way I don’t have to fill up any more space with piles of books, which attract dust in vast quantities and give me allergy seizures.
So, yes, I am an ereader convert. But some people, my so-called friends, are behind me on the development scale and keep lending me books made of dead trees. I finished one such novel the other day and thought I’d share some thoughts on my re-entry onto paper.